9 Online Dating Trends To Look Out For In 2020 2022

Updated: August 19, 2022

Perhaps you entered the year newly single or maybe you’re well-versed in the fine art of online dating. Either way, 2020 has already welcomed a whole new host of dating terms for singletons to grow accustomed to from Jekylling to Rossing – yes, seriously. Already regretting setting your Bumble account live? There’s no need to panic, as we’ve got the lowdown on this year’s biggest (and most baffling) dating terms so far.

1. Jekylling

Taking its name from The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde, the dating term is one we’re all sure to be familiar with. Jekylling existed long before the world of online dating and refers to the way in which someone showers you with affection or compliments in order to garner your attention.

2. Elsa’d

We’ve all heard of ghosting but have you ever been Elsa’d? In homage to Disney flick Frozen, the dating term refers to those who begin to slowly phase us out. First, they grow colder and more abrupt over text with their answers gradually becoming snappier.

3. Rossing

Playing on the famous “We were on a break!” line from Friends, Rossing is a term used to describe the moment when a person justifies sleeping with someone else due to a lack of exclusivity in the relationship.

4. Keanu-ing

When Keanu Reeves and Alexandra Grant made their relationship red carpet official in November 2019, the social media circuit went into a frenzy with a number of people comparing Grant to Helen Mirren – not-so-subtly suggesting that they didn’t look well-suited.

5. Whelming

Although online dating enables us to bag more dates than we would in real life (we have Hugh Grant to thank for our unrealistic rom-com-worthy expectations), sometimes users can feel overwhelmed with options.

6. Dogfishing

A term first coined in October 2019, Dogfishing has only grown in momentum over the last few months. One keen online daters are sure to be familiar with – ahem, guilty – it refers to those who use their pets, or borrow pets, in order to pull potential suitors.

7. Dial-Toning

A problem which sparks before you even have chance to be ghosted, Dial-Toning is where you are given somebody’s number but when you reach out, they don’t bother replying.

8. Flatlining

One we’re sadly all too familiar with, sometimes it’s simply too tricky to keep a conversation afloat. With a surge in online dating and less of the When Harry Met Sally bookshop charm, most of our first encounters take place online.

9. Stashing

It can be easy to miss the early signs of Stashing during the honeymoon period through heart-shaped eyes. But the recently-coined word refers to when a partner hides their family and friends from you.


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